Top Undiscovered Artist(s) 001: Mr. Gonzo, Ryan Tennison

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These artists won’t be unknown for long. They are the top undiscovered artists of the week - ready to break through.

An insane amount of underground talent has already come to light on our new Undiscovered Chart. This chart brings you a handful of emerging artists every week and lets you vote for the best one. The winning artist is then featured in an article just like this one.

These are artists who are driven by passion, not soda deals. Interstellar spaceships, not Purrari’s. And spaghetti. Very secret spaghetti recipes. They're just about to breakthrough, and you get to hear them when they are at their most provocative.

For the first week we're bringing you the top two with a song premiere. So sit back, relax and discover.

Top Undiscovered Artist (w/ Premiere) - Mr. Gonzo, Ryan Tennison

Mr. Gonzo

“When I started to release my first record, I was asked to write my biography. I didn't know what to say, and especially, I found it so boring to talk about my musical references, or which instruments I play.”

Like his music, Olivier Gonzalez has a discreet, balanced tone. His soda of choice? Roulé 1998. And while he offered “just a wink” to his “old adventures”, he did clear up any speculation on his name.

“Everybody, but mainly my friends, have been calling me Gonzo for a really long time, so naturally I chose this surname for the music. So no muppet show, no porn, and no Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas behind that.”

Mr. Gonzo topped our chart with an outpour of votes late in the week for his vibrant house track “Heart”. There’s a sweet spot between vocal samples and melodic chords and Mr. Gonzo nailed it. You simply cannot overindulge on the track. It’s that good for you.

Of course, he has reached chart peaks before - specifically the top six on the Deutch Club Charts with his 2nd and 3rd EP. But if he were more widely known, we'd have no doubt he'd be landing on charts all over the world.

What is a defining characteristic of yours both musically and non-musically?

Musically, I try to make music with great energy, good vibes and that makes you want to dance. Non-musically, I love to create. I express this in different ways; yesterday as an art director, today as a dj/producer, and tomorrow, who knows?

What is one specific story that stands out? A lesson you learned the hard way, or how you got your big break?

The first time I played in a club, it was packed with 2500 people, so I was very impressed. Actually my two-hour set went really well and the entire night was awesome. That's when I really realized how much I wanted to do that.

What is your favorite album and what do you like most about it?

My favorite album is Homework from Daft Punk. It is, in my opinion, everything an album should be; tasteful, heteroclite, timeless and with so many strong titles. Whatever the place or the event - still nowadays, I think you can almost always play a title from this album.

Your Facebook bio says you’re a French producer, but more importantly, an interstellar traveller. Tell us more.

When I started to release my first record, I was asked to write my biography. I didn't know what to say, and especially, I found it so boring to talk about my musical references, or which musical instruments I play. With Folistar's label manager, we decided to create a story, mixing reality and science fiction, telling the adventures of Mr. Gonzo, an interstellar traveller. At each release, we invented a new episode, telling how and why I did the record. For example, for the second EP "Dance on you", a part of the story was...

“One evening, during a Magic Cherry Party in Melbourne, Mr. Gonzo met a magnificent dancing girl, whose natural undulation made him discover the link between audiomagnetic vibrations of his cosmic music and human body's sensory receptors. He had never felt a similar cross-frequency on a dancefloor before! According to the legend, he caught her attention using a squaric impulse, and she said: 'I’m gonna dance on you', before teaching him everything about the joys of love. She inspired him on his second 12-inch 'Dance On You'."

It was cool but I have stopped. So this is just a wink to my old adventures.

Besides yourself, what’s one of the best things in the world that nobody else knows about?

"Cap des Falco". I've already said too much, so I'm not going to say anymore. Good luck finding it!

The non-porn, non-muppet, non-Hunter S. Thompson (or Johnny Depp), and very musically talented Gonzo can be found spinning in Paris at venues like Social Club or Batofar, but there could be much more on the radar soon enough. In fact, you can preview his new track "Cheeky Boom" below, due out later this month. Mr. Gonzo is definitely a name you should be following and one that could be hitting clubs and festivals in the US soon enough.

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Ryan Tennison

“I'm an extremely precise person who pays huge attention to details. When I get down to something I always need to finish it. I never leave things undone and hate when people do things superficially.”

Ryan Tennison made an immediate impact on our chart with his deep house tune “Apollo Lights”. Strong and compelling, the track could inspire confidence in the most meager of souls.

Just 22 years old, the producer from Poland has already co-founded a music collective (SleezeBaze) and has had tracks featured on Dani Deahl’s blog, NME and MTV. He’s also started work with Glenn Morrison on “In The Sun” and “Voyager”. And he’s doing all of this while studying for a Master’s Degree in Finance and Accounting at Kozminski University.

Speaking about his transition from hip hop production to his current house tracks and beyond, he said, “I want to constantly develop myself and have a large scope of possibilities […] I will always want to do something new.”

What is a defining characteristic of yours both musically and non-musically?

I'm an extremely precise person who pays huge attention to details. When I get down to something I always need to finish it. I never leave things undone and hate when people do things superficially. Once I set my goals I never get off my target.

When I create my songs and sounds, I see to it that all elements fit in there, which makes me have a lot of fun too. Another of my features is that I am very results oriented in what I do. This helps me in my music, at the university and generally in life. When I have a goal in my mind I have to achieve it. I do what I’ve planned and I never give up.

What is one specific story that stands out? A lesson you learned the hard way, or how you got your big break?

A story that definitely stands out was the moment when my songs got to first place in the Burn Studio chart in November 2012. It was a really amazing experience for me. I remember I could hardly believe it. My biggest breakthrough was the collaboration with Glenn Morrison in 2014. He is a really great and professional artist. His songs are on the top Billboard Chart.

The second big moment was when I signed the agreement with the prestigious music publishing company Urband & Lazar. They represent such top artists as Lil' Wayne, Digitalism, Icona Pop, Yelle, Slightly Stoopid, Kitsuné, Childish Gambino, Pyramid, Mark Ronson and many more.

What is a favorite album you’ve heard or own, and what do you like most about it?

My favorite album is 18 months by Calvin Harris. I really like to listen to it because it is very diverse. It has a lot of songs deriving from different styles, and is an innovative style which probably makes it my favorite one too.

Besides yourself, what’s one of the best things in the world that nobody else knows about?

My mom’s spaghetti  :)

What other one track would you like us to share with our audience?

My most recent bootleg/remix “ Xxanaxx-Disappear [Ryan Tennison bootleg/remix]” because it is made in a new style . This is a mixture of the two genres - deep and progressive/bigroom. I have no doubts that your Magnetic Mag comment was the best definition of this bootleg: "Made for a big room with out sounding big room".

Ryan Tennison will be playing at "two really big events in March", but could give no further info at the time. He will also be playing at Kontrabal Dziennikarzy on December 13th in Warsaw. Based on his history, I have no doubt that the Polish artist will continue to break new boundaries and expand his reach.

"I would like to show another of my original songs, but it has not public yet. It's another chapter in my music. I can say that it is kind of 'electronic dance' music style . I called this style private 'Magic Disco'. In this song, I reworked and developed my own sounds which I had invented before. It reminds me of people of 70s who dance at the disco.'"

I don’t know if it’s the secret spaghetti or the “Magic Disco”, but Ryan Tennison may have be living up to his favorite album soon enough.

We’ve only just begun uncovering these potential stars. The Undiscovered Chart refreshes every week and you can vote for the next featured artist HERE.

If you’re an artist waiting to be discovered, hide no more. GET YOUR TRACK ON THE CHART for your chance to be featured!

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